Friday, December 7, 2018

This (Holiday) Week

Happy Friday, everyone! How are you all doing? What have you been up to this week? What’s going on in your part of the world? Share away in the comments because I enjoy hearing from you!

It’s been a semi-busy week for us. We’ve had moments of slacking off and moments of running around. The best day was Wednesday. We spent it in Montreal, starting with lunch at my mom’s. She was really happy to see us and we had a very nice visit. My brother stopped in for a while, too, and that was great. It had been a long time since we’d seen him.

When we left my mom’s we headed to a mall on the West Island. I needed to pick up some gifts for my daughters and their boyfriends. I’m not going to share what I bought because my younger daughter sometimes reads my blog and I don’t want her to know what’s coming up! (Sorry, sweetheart, you’ll just have to wait.)


Our next stop was to visit my mother-in-law who recently moved into a seniors’ residence. We wanted to spend some time with her and also check out her new place. She’s got a really nice unit, places throughout the building that she can enjoy like a small library, an exercise room, a hairdresser, a convenience store, a games room, a beautiful dining area, and so on. And speaking of dining rooms, we all had dinner together. Residents can invite friends or family members to join them at meals. All my mother-in-law has to do is order extra meals in advance and they are paid for after you eat...like in a restaurant. So cool! We will definitely do this again. It was a wonderful visit and we left feeling satisfied that she is in a safe, comfortable and happy environment.

You know where our last stop in our hometown was? At the bookstore! !!! That is my happy place. I think I floated around the entire time I was there. That’s how thrilled I was.

It was a great day!



We have a busy weekend coming up that will include errands, holiday shopping and hanging out with friends. All this socializing and being out in public and running around takes a lot of energy for an introvert. The month of December is going to continue on and off this way. After the holidays are over I’m going to need to hibernate for quite some time to refill my batteries!



What’s on your gift list? As I get older, mine consists mostly of practical items and things that bring me joy like scented candles and winter scarves and shower gels and a book to cozy up with and delicious teas or coffees and movie tickets and gift cards and stuff like that there. No big ticket items. No fancy schmancy stuff. But even all this does not top my number one choice which is ‘experiences’. This time of year the thing I look forward to the most is getting together with loved ones and creating memories. Of course, I’d gladly accept a vacation, especially where there’s a beach! I can be bought...haha...



I’m going to end this post with a funny ‘Cats vs Christmas’ compilation. Those of us with cats can - unfortunately - relate.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!


32 comments:

  1. Hah! My introvert hamster ball is armor-plated, hidden in an undisclosed location, ringed with mines, and accessible only via the internet! The extroverts will have their work cut out.

    I get the thing about bookstores, especially since here in Portland we have the largest independent bookstore in the US. I'm always at risk of spending too much money, though.

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    1. HAHAHA! Love the description of your hamster ball :)

      That is the thing with bookstores. But I've really toned it down over the years. I hardly buy anything. My minimalist side seems to run the show now :)

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  2. Martha I am just posting on my blog for next week with this link but I thought you might enjoy this book by Margareta Magnusson called 'The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning'. I just suggested to my daughter that she might get this for me. I usually don't have requests beyond maybe flowers or food.

    Here's the link too https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/americans-are-pack-rats-swedes-have-the-solution-death-cleaning/2017/10/12/248dcf82-aebe-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html?utm_term=.e15f0151e444

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    1. What an interesting book, Christine! I should read it. I am a minimalist to begin with so cleaning up things so as not to burden my children comes easy to me. I'm planning to get rid of more things in our home to keep it clutter-free. I am so much happier when I don't have too many things around me.

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  3. I'd like a hamster ball for the mall trips.

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  4. Nice time you had - that place your mom is in sounds really nice. Your whole day sounds like it was great. Not much going on here.

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    1. We were very satisfied with where she is. She's got everything she needs and she is very safe.

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  5. For an introvert , you're really in high gear for Christmas. So enjoy December and the run up to Christmas.

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    1. It's been unusually busy. But we're having fun, so that's the good thing!

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  6. LOL with the cat video. I guess its safe to say if you have a cat, you are going to have a Christmas tree that might be toppled over by them! Neat with the place your mother in law is living at. Sounds like a good situation for her. Glad you were able to spend time with both of your mothers. Bookstores are the best places to visit indeed! Or libraries too. I discovered another site to check out e-books from our library. I'm in 7th heaven. So many books, so not much time for reading though :)

    Enjoy the weekend!

    betty

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    1. That's the thing, Betty. Too many books out there! So many I'd like to read that I may never get to. And every time I finish a few, more get released that I want to read!

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  7. One of the exciting things on my gift list this year is a meat thermometer, LOL! Love that video, of course!

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    1. Nothing wrong with that! If it makes you happy, a meat thermometer is the perfect gift :) I'm at an age where I'm very happy getting socks. LOL

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  8. I LOVED the very first definition of happiness dear Martha! This one is like true worship toe!

    So great that you spent time with your mom and mom in law. I can imagine their joy:)

    As introvert you are doing wonderful!

    I hope you Will enjoy this lovely event with your family!

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    1. Yes, they were very happy to see us. We should visit more often while they are still in this world with us.

      I hope you've enjoyed a wonderful weekend!

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  9. The cats are even worse than my 1 year old great grandson Mason ... and he is bad! Hey, Martha, since I have spent 37 years working in a library, I just want to put in a word for visiting the library in addition to bookstores. Libraries have SO much to offer and it is free! My library is my "happy place."

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    1. Nancy, you are absolutely right! The library has always been a favourite place for me. When I was a child I was there regularly. I have to make a membership in my new city, so I can begin to enjoy what the local library has to offer!

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  10. I am down to ten cats now, but it is still the reason I can't have nice things.

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    1. HAHAHA! Even down to 2 cats, that's reason enough not to be able to have nice things :)

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  11. This is such a busy time of year, but your week sounds great.
    I just love going into bookstores :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. It was a lovely week, Jan. This time of year is often busy like this. I don't mind. It's all in good fun!

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  12. Your mother-in-law's place sounds wonderful. Very nice that you got to see a lot of family this week. Funny video, I am very lucky my cats have been good aside from a few ornaments on lower branches knocked down.:)

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    1. It is amazing that with so many cats you have no issues with the tree. Amazing and wonderful!

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  13. You had a busy Wednesday. I would have been exhausted with half of that activity! But then I'm old and decrepit :)

    Loved the cat video. We had one cat who knocked over the tree THREE TIMES one year. We bought a new tree stand the next year and had no more problems. The current cats only want to stretch out under the tree. They're indoor cats but they still seem to understand what a tree is for.

    The hamster ball would come in handy for avoiding germs at this time of the year, too :D

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    1. We've never had major problems in the past with our trees but this year we have a young cat that possibly has never seen a Christmas tree before. We'll find out this week how she reacts to it when we put it up. But regardless, we never take a chance. We always tie a fishing line on the tree that we fasten to the window's curtain rod bracket. The tree, no matter what the cats decide to do, can never fall down! It can be ripped to shreds but by golly it'll still be standing. LOL

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  14. The cat made me laugh. We used to tape our tree with duct tape to cement blocks. You know through the hole to give it stability after the tree crashed the first time. Then we cover the blocks with a green cover and you couldn't tell. Sounds like you've accomplished quite a bit being out and about. How nice the senior living is agreeing with your MIL. Some folks really fight going into one.

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    1. We always secure out tree just in case our cats decide to climb it. You just never know with them! They might act like they don't care and next thing you know CRASH...down it goes.

      My MIL just moved in about a week ago so we'll see how it goes. It's a really nice place and I hope she enjoys it. I'd enjoy having someone make the meals for me!

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  15. Hi Martha :) Did you hit the Chapters in Pointe Claire? I heard rumours that the one on Ste-Catherine closed down...oh the horror...books rule! But I guess most people read online now, sadly. Oh the hibernation has already begun here, lol...well, I guess that would be true of my entire year hee hee...

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    1. We did go to the one in Pointe Claire. That's usually the one I visit when I'm in Montreal. I think the one on Ste-Catherine did close, and quite a while back, too. I believe the Indigo is still open but wonder if it will last. So sad! I've always loved book stores and can't imagine being without them.

      Our hibernation will probably start after the holidays. We've got family stuff planned and some get-togethers with friends. After all that I will need an extended break!

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  16. I saw a funny meme other day with the tree hanging up and away from the cats.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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    1. I saw that one! It is hilarious!

      Thank you for the good wishes and thank you for stopping by :)

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